After losing back-to-back World Series, you would think that Dodgers fans would be immune to any bad news. But when it was revealed this week that Major League Baseball paved the way for Mookie Betts to become a free agent without ever playing a game, things got worse. And the potential news keeps getting worse with every new meeting.
In an interview with SportsCenter, MLB Insider Jeff Passan went on to discuss just how bad the Dodgers could have it this year compared to other teams.
Just went on SportsCenter to talk about the MLB-MLBPA deal — and how the agreement leaves leeway to play games even before public-health officials allow mass gatherings. The key will be if ownership and the league want to proceed with no fans in the stands. pic.twitter.com/NEZ9maQkVu
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 27, 2020
Here’s the excerpt.
Go and look at the Los Angeles Dodgers, and they really may be getting it worse out of this deal out of everybody. Not only is there a chance that they don’t have Mooke Betts every playing for them, but there’s the possibility that the All-Star Game is going to be canceled this year.
The deal that MLB had with the player’s union essentially guaranteed that 2020 would count as a full year of service time regardless of whether or not games were played this year. If the COVID-19 virus stops baseball from ever coming back, then Mookie would be able to enter free agency without ever playing a game. That would mean the Dodgers traded away a whole lot for just two years of David Price.
On top of that, the Dodgers were supposed to host the All-Star Game this year. And at this point in time, it’s difficult to imagine a scenario where the league does not cancel it. So much has gone into getting the stadium ready for the game this year, and it might be all for naught. There’s always 2022.
There are also important guys on the roster facing the final year of their contract. Justin Turner is in his final year of a four-year deal and will be 36 for the 2021 season. While it seems unlikely that Turner would sign with another team, it certainly does not help that his career is winding down.
No matter what way you look at it, the Dodgers are certainly getting the worst of it this year. All we can hope for now is that the season is not entirely called off.